Dr. Stephanie Frye to present 'A Celebration of Female Composers'

Dr. Stephanie Frye

JOHNSON CITY (Oct. 16, 2013) – The music of 20th century women composers from around the world will be highlighted by East Tennessee State University’s Dr. Stephanie Frye in a free public recital on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. in the Mathes Hall auditorium.

Frye, the new tuba/euphonium instructor in the ETSU Department of Music, will perform works by Libby Larsen, Elena Firsova, Barbara York, Elizabeth Raum and Asha Srinivasan in “A Celebration of Female Composers.”  She will be accompanied by fellow ETSU music faculty members Dr. Rande Sanderbeck on percussion and Jerilyn Paolini on piano.

“The mid-to-late 20th century represents the first period when women were recognized as having potential as performers and composers,” Frye says.  “Similarly, the tuba has been an instrument predominantly played by men, with female performers not accepted as equally capable until approximately the last 40 years.”

Frye is an active soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer and educator who joined the ETSU faculty this fall after teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Concordia University Wisconsin.  She holds a doctor of musical arts degree and a master’s degree in tuba performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as two degrees in tuba performance and biology from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wis.

She has performed with numerous ensembles and symphony orchestras, and twice placed in the top three at major solo competitions.  As a former member of the MadTown LowDown Tuba-Euphonium Quartet in Madison, Wis., she was a finalist in numerous competitions, including the Plowman Chamber Music Competition in Missouri, where the group won the 2010 Judges’ Special Recognition Award.

In addition to her work at ETSU, Frye maintains a private low brass studio, has worked with the brass sections of multiple youth orchestras, is the tuba and euphonium instructor at Lutheran Summer Music in Decorah, Iowa, and has been the tuba instructor at the UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic for both middle and high school students.

For more information, contact the Department of Music at (423) 439-4276 or .  For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.

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